Dividing Citizens: Gender and Federalism in New Deal Public Policy / Edition 1

Dividing Citizens: Gender and Federalism in New Deal Public Policy / Edition 1

by Suzanne Mettler
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801485460

ISBN-13: 9780801485466

Pub. Date: 06/28/1998

Publisher: Cornell University Press

The New Deal was not the same deal for men and women—a finding strikingly demonstrated in Dividing Citizens. Rich with implications for current debates over citizenship and welfare policy, this book provides a detailed historical account of how governing institutions and public policies shape social status and civic life. In her examination of the

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The New Deal was not the same deal for men and women—a finding strikingly demonstrated in Dividing Citizens. Rich with implications for current debates over citizenship and welfare policy, this book provides a detailed historical account of how governing institutions and public policies shape social status and civic life. In her examination of the impact of New Deal social and labor policies on the organization and character of American citizenship, Suzanne Mettler offers an incisive analysis of the formation and implementation of the pillars of the modern welfare state: the Social Security Act, including Old Age and Survivors' Insurance, Old Age Assistance, Unemployment Insurance, and Aid to Dependent Children (later known simply as "welfare"), as well as the Fair Labor Standards Act, which guaranteed the minimum wage.

Mettler draws on the methods of historical-institutionalists to develop a "structured governance" approach to her analysis of the New Deal. She shows how the new welfare state institutionalized gender politically, most clearly by incorporating men, particularly white men, into nationally administered policies and consigning women to more variable state-run programs. Differential incorporation of citizens, in turn, prompted different types of participation in politics. These gender-specific consequences were the outcome of a complex interplay of institutional dynamics, political imperatives, and the unintended consequences of policy implementation actions. By tracing the subtle and complicated political dynamics that emerged with New Deal policies, Mettler sounds a cautionary note as we once again negotiate the bounds of American federalism and public policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801485466
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Abbreviations Used in the Text and Notes
Ch. 1Structured Governance and Citizenship in the New Deal1
Ch. 2From Dual Federalism to a New Deal28
Ch. 3The Formation of Old Age Insurance and Old Age Assistance53
Ch. 4The Development and Implementation of Old Age Insurance and Old Age Assistance85
Ch. 5The Formation of Unemployment Insurance and Aid to Dependent Children119
Ch. 6The Development and Implementation of Unemployment Insurance and Aid to Dependent Children143
Ch. 7The Formation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938176
Ch. 8The Implementation of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938196
Ch. 9Divided Citizens211
Index233

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